Charities as businesses; morphing drug industries; unemployed overachievers; microfinance (for and against); limits to mobile activism; 2012's wars; Paddy Ashdown on power: links I liked

Makarand Sahasrabuddhe gets irritated by being endlessly told that ‘charities should operate like businesses’ – they already do

The boundaries between Western and emerging market drug firms are starting to blur as they invade each other’s markets

Cover letter for unemployed overachievers applying for development jobs [h/t Chris Blattman]

The Guardian’s Claire Provost reviews the latest attempt to make sense of microfinance – panacea or horror story?

The admitting-and-learning-from-failure movement rolls on, and this time, it even applies to the previously untouchable field of mobile phone activism. The Maji Matone campaign in Tanzania aimed to put pressure on water authorities via mobiles. But the take-up was a tiny fraction of what was expected, so they’ve (ahem) pulled the plug. Hats off to them for transparency.  [h/t Paul Spray]

International Crisis Group’s cheery list of likely wars in 2012 [h/t Mike Bailey]

‘The lessons of history is that where power goes, governance must follow….. We’re reaching the end of 400 years of Western hegemony’. Ted Talks hails a ‘spell-binding Paddy Ashdown’ – not words that you often find in the same sentence, so judge for yourself as Lord Ashdown discusses the new power map of the world…..

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One Response to “Charities as businesses; morphing drug industries; unemployed overachievers; microfinance (for and against); limits to mobile activism; 2012's wars; Paddy Ashdown on power: links I liked”
  1. My family and I give to a couple of charities that I support for personal reasons, such as the American Cancer Society to help. But the main thrust of my philanthropy is aimed at local charities, which I feel need the extra help.

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